Meet the Team

I'm Laura, Hoosier native, with 20 years communications experience

This is Heather, the website master

Heather Simpson owns Circle City Web Design in Indianapolis, which partners with Sweet Tea Communications on all website projects. Circle City Web Design manages our websites’ hosting, security and updates. Originally a systems engineer at ATA Airlines, Heather has more than 20 years of experience building websites and providing great solutions for small business and non-profit organizations. She loves partnering with small businesses and non-profit organizations to share their story and help them realize their goals!

Meet Betsy, Public Relations Manager

Betsy has extensive experience as a marketing communication strategist, and more than 20 years of successful experience in business operations and management at many levels. She focuses on helping organizations enhance their marketing and external communication, including materials design and messaging, media relations, web development and social media, to support the advancement of organizational objectives. She holds an MA in public relations from Indiana University and a BA in French from Indiana University. When not in the office, Betsy enjoys being outside gardening, swimming or hiking. She is also passionate about helping homeless dogs and is mom to two rescued Standard Poodle boys, Mojo and Romi.
 

An Indiana native, Laura moved to Madison, Ala. in 2017 and decided it was the ideal time to start her own business, and nothing is sweeter in the south than sweet tea, hence, Sweet Tea Communications, LLC was born. 

Laura brings more than 20 years of integrated communications knowledge to the table, with experience in public relations, media relations (both business-to-business and business-to-consumer), newsletter production, email marketing, writing, graphic design, political campaigns, strategic planning and nonprofit management. Her background includes working with Fortune 500 companies, all sizes of nonprofit organizations (501c3 and 501c6), and small and medium-sized businesses.

In addition to years of valuable work experiences, Laura earned her bachelor’s in journalism and master’s in public relations from Indiana University, and maintains her membership and accreditation in public relations (APR) with the Public Relations Council of North Alabama.

When she’s not working, Laura enjoys spending time reading and exploring the sights around northern Alabama with her family. She can frequently be seen working in her car during school carline.

This is Garb, he's the receptionist and a retired racer who enjoys naps

Visitors to Sweet Tea Communications, LLC are greeted by Garb, a retired professional athlete who competed in the 550 yard dash at the greyhound racetrack in Daytona, Florida. He averaged more than 41 mph during his 45-race career, but now enjoys daily walks with his family to and from the bus stop. He’s paid with peanut butter treats.

Melissa is our incredible Social Media Manager

Melissa has more than 10 years of experience in social media management, administration and hospitality customer service. She helps our clients develop relevant, interactive social media accounts, with a personality. 

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